His checkpoint was set up on January 30, at border marker 170 (3) in Muong Khuong District of northern Lao Cai Province. From there, Vinh can look out to where the Xanh and Chay rivers meet, next to a Chinese hydroelectric plant. Working from a small hut, Vinh and his colleagues have to control illegal entry to Vietnam to help contain the spreading virus. A guard at checkpoint 170 (3) scans the vicinity near a Chinese hydroelectric plant. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Khau. Having the water, he poured it into an old kettle to boil. Each kettle can hold three liters, enough for four people in a day.”Water for drinking and cooking takes up over ten litters per day, so we have to use the rest very economically,” said Vinh.Their dinner was finished by sunset. After, four guards commence their shift by patrolling the river bank until 11 p.m. At night, they take turns to do the task.Not having enough water, Vinh could not take a proper shower, no matter how sweaty he became during the day. He used a wet towel to wash his face and passed out in the hut, waiting for his night shift.”To keep our border guards healthy, we take turns to go to the border station every two days to take a shower, rest and bring water back,” said Captain Tan Sanh Nhan, leader of checkpoint 170 (3). Lu… Read full this story
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